Garland Stephenson ''Steve'' Ricks

Garland Stephenson ''Steve'' Ricks, 80, of Roanoke Rapids died Friday, June 28, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Steve, a native of Conway, was the son of the late Garland Lewis and Helen Sears Ricks. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William Sears Ricks.

Steve was a Veteran serving his country in the United States Navy.

He was retired from the Bibb Company as an accountant. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina School of Business. Steve was a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church. He was an avid Carolina fan that loved sports. He loved cooking, all kinds of music and was an accomplished self-taught painter.

Steve is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Jean Flythe Ricks; his daughters, Lisbeth A. Benjelloun and her husband, Mohamed, of Warrenton, VA., and Katherine R. Askew and her husband, Doug, of Roanoke Rapids; sons, Jon Ricks and his wife, Jane, of Roanoke Rapids, and Kevin Ricks of Tucson, Arizona; his sister, Mary Ann Bolton of Woodland; seven grandchildren, Stephen and Keith Ricks, Sarah L. Benjelloun, Heather A. Timberlake, Kelli Long, Zakary Askew and Zoe Askew; two great-grandchildren, Walker and Wilson Ricks; his niece, Rachel Little of Woodland, and nephews, Cener and Billy Bolton, both of Conway.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Roanoke Rapids with Rev Cory Oliver officiating. Burial will follow in the Town of Conway cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the church.

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